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Wife of Thailand ex-PM files lawsuit against seizure of family assets

[JURIST] Pojamarn Shinwatra, wife of former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinwatra [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], filed a lawsuit Friday at the Bangkok Civil Court against the Assets Examination Committee (AEC) [Wikipedia backgrounder], alleging that the AEC's seizure of $86 million of her assets was arbitrary and unfair. The AEC has seized approximately $2.1 billion in family assets [JURIST report] belonging to Thaksin and Pojamarn.

Thaksin, who filed a similar lawsuit [JURIST report] against the AEC last month, has been living in exile since his ouster in a September 2006 military coup [JURIST report]. Thaksin is currently facing corruption charges [JURIST report], which are scheduled to be heard [JURIST report] by the Thai Supreme Court August 14. AP has more.

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